My current work is to provide evaluation testing and treatment for children, adults, and families. I also do individual social skills training, empathy training, and lead social skills groups for children and teens. I am currently studying integrating Neuropsychology and Neurofeedback under the supervision of Chick Spinazola, PhD. My practice is in both Saline and Dexter, Michigan.
My primary goal is to make you feel comfortable. It is important to me that you get the support and help you need from every session. Sometimes talking things out with someone who actually cares can make all the difference in the world. Once you get to know me you will find that I am easy to talk to, have a sense of humor, and have an empathetic demeanor.
My approach begins with assisting clients to define what their individual goals of therapy are. How can we measure the goal? How will we know when we've reached the objectives necessary to fulfill each goal?
Acknowledging that there is a problem and gaining insight into why you or your loved one is having that problem are the first valuable steps in the therapeutic process. In other words...if you are reading this, you've already started!
It is from this foundation that we can work together towards problem solving and developing the skills necessary to get your needs met. The application of cognitive and behavioral principles can help you to get your needs met in nearly any situation. I am here to help teach you those principles. In the process you'll learn more about yourself, as well as learn more about how and why people in your life respond to you the way they do.
The skills that you will develop, are what I like to refer to as "tools". For example: When a mechanic is faced with the task of replacing an engine in an automobile, he needs all of the tools necessary to complete the job. The same holds true for us, when we are trying to reach our goals and become more effective at getting our needs met. It's much more advantageous to face life's challenges with all of the skills necessary (A full box of Tools), along with the right support system to help you grow and advance.
My previous work includes the following:
Team Leader/ Service Coordinator for a team of psychotherapists specializing in treatment of person's with Personality Disorders. I was responsible for providing direct clinical case consultation and training for a team of masters level therapists. I was also the chairman of the Behavior Management Committee which was designed to ensure the least intrusive method of treatment be used in difficult to manage populations.
Limited Licensed Psychologist for individuals with Dual Diagnoses (Development Disability and Mental Illness). My primary responsibilities included developing and training group home staff in the implementation of behavioral programs and clinical interventions for persons with dual diagnoses. I was also responsible for testifying at Probate Court hearings regarding guardianship recommendations.
Behavior Therapist for individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I specialized in Anger Management, Clinical Outcome Measures, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Time-Limited Behavior Therapy.
Mental Health Professional. providing Client Services Management, group and individual therapy to persons diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I provided skills training , therapeutic services, and supports coordination using the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Registered Social Worker providing Intensive Client Services Management to persons with mental illness and chronic homelessness (including engaging them in the mental health treatment process for the first time). I assessed clinical symptoms and reported possible medication effects to psychiatrists on staff. I was also responsible for advocacy with landlords, and for providing counseling and educational information to individuals and families.
Program Assistant responsible for training group home staff in implementation of behavioral procedures and interventions for residents with chronic Schizophrenia. These individuals were placed in group homes from the Ypsilanti Regional Psychiatric Hospital.
Melanie LaCasper LLPC Limited Licensed Professional Counselor
Sliding Scale? yes. Call for details 734-470-6423
Melanie provides individual, family, and group counseling. Her specialty areas are in social skills training and grief counseling for persons of all ages. Melanie has daytime as well as evening hours available. Melanie is not on a insurance panels at this time, however she provides a generous sliding scale. Please don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a session with Melanie.
I am passionate about helping my clients, who include children, adults, and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves, strengthen relationships, feel complete, peaceful, and safe. I utilize my skills and philosophies to sustain others through difficult situations, and assist those in need to gain fresh perspectives and coping methods.
With a Person Centered Therapy approach, people are happy with the support, acceptance, and empathy they receive in their therapy. I also borrow from other theories and/or approaches from other treatment modalities.
My education background includes a Masters of Science in Human Services, specializing in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I have a BA in psychology from Ashford University. My specialty areas include, but are not limited to working with the terminally ill, the grieving population, and relationship/ family therapy.
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
STATE OF MICHIGAN
Limited License in Psychology LLP